Joshua Rivas

Joshua Rivas

Measurements
  • Height
    6060
  • Hand
  • VJ
  • Weight
    319lbs
  • Arm
  • Speed
OG Combine Averages
  • Height
    6042
  • Hand
    9 3/4
  • VJ
    -
  • Weight
    314lbs
  • Arm
    33 1/4
  • Speed
    5.23
Luke Carr - Scout
Joshua Rivas
  • Overall Rank
    206
  • Position Rank
    18
  • Position
    OG
  • Age
    23.2 Years
  • Team
    KANSAS ST

Stats

Year Starts Games Sacks Allowed Hits Allowed Pressures Pressure %
2020 8 8 0 3 13 6.0%
2021 13 13 0 4 16 4.7%

Build

Does he have prototype size? What is body type? What is growth potential?

Standing at 6-6, he has outstanding size, and his weight is distributed throughout the body fairly evenly despite a long lower body. Above the line length and only missed 2 games due to injury at the end of the 2020 season.

  • Size
    8
  • Length
    7
  • Frame/Durability
    5
Grade 6.7

Mental

Is he instinctual? Does he play with urgency?

Slow out of stance and has difficulty identifying which defender he should pick up, shows adequate effort and motor to look for work when uncovered and climbing to the second level. Great gap blocker, and seals well on the backside, performs "straight line" blocks really well, struggles with reach blocking - but shows that mean streak to finish reps well.

  • Toughness
    6
  • Instincts
    4
  • Effort/Motor
    6
Grade 5.3

Athleticism

Does he have the athletic traits you want?

Average explosiveness at the snap, limited speed as shown in open space on the many screen plays K. State called. Average body control and flexibility/bend due to the fact he dips well and shows flashes of good knee flexion in the run game to lower his pad level, but he needs to replicate this in pass pro, as he often gets caught too upright; providing defenders leverage to defeat his anchor. His change of direction is seen regularly in pass pro when he helps the other O-lineman, but is nothing more than average, more knee flexion and being lower overall would help with this explosion from one direction to another quicker. Above the line play strength, when he gets his hands on a D-lineman and is fitted up well, he finishes reps really well and very often is on top of the defender.

  • Explosiveness
    5
  • Speed
    4
  • Body Control
    5
  • Flexibility/Bend
    5
  • Change of Direction
    5
  • Play Strength
    7
Grade 5.2

Technical

Does he have a refined skill set? Is he a projection or is his game developed enough to contribute early?

Limited pass blocking due to his lack of instinctiveness to identify MDM (poor against Oklahoma in particular) and adjust - this indecisiveness also leads to needless sacks when he gets caught in two minds and ends up blocking neither player. Adequate run blocker - seals the backside of plays nicely, does a good job getting up to LBs, would like him to stay engaged with them for longer though. Inconsistent with hand placement, normally good grip of the chest plate of defender in pass pro and on gap runs, however on zone runs, often strikes the backside shoulder and therefore doesn't open any lanes. Similarly, his footwork also hinders him with some elements of his run blocking as he doesn't gain enough ground with his initial steps out of his stance. His anchor is good when he fits up well on the D-lineman and has a good grip, but when the rusher targets a gap, he struggles to sink into this anchor. Pulling to outside is adequate but inside pulls looks slightly jerky ;K. State often require him to do so while staying North-South and it isn't very common at the NFL level so not a worry.

  • Pass Block
    4
  • Run Block
    6
  • Strike
    5
  • Second Level
    5
  • Pulling/Space Play
    6
  • Anchor
    5
  • Footwork
    4
  • Play Temperament
    5
Grade 5.0

Grading Scale

  • 10
    Rare
  • 9
    Elite
  • 8
    Outstanding
  • 7
    Above the Line
  • 6
    Adequate
  • 5
    Average
  • 4
    Limited
  • 3
    Poor
  • 2
    Deficient
  • 1
    Reject

Summary

What role does he play? What is his initial projection?
Rivas is a great fit for a gap scheme OG, reach blocking will take a while to fully master. Late Day 3 Pick with upside (and the perfect size) to work with. Redshirted in his freshman season, played a rotational role in his sophomore season, and has since been a 2 year starter at the LG position. Earned a Second Team All Big-12 (AP) in 2019 and All Big-12 Honorable Mention for his 2021 season. Needs work to clean up defender identification and general athletic ability should be improved before being considered as a starter at the next level. Will be intriguing to see if NFL teams identify his size and see some potential to shift outside to OT.

Film Watched

  • iconBest Game
  • v Stanford
  • Sep - 04 - 2021
  • 0 QB pressures/sacks/hits allowed, great work pulling
  • iconWorst Game
  • v Oklahoma
  • Oct - 02 - 2021
  • 3 Pressures given up - allowed a huge hit on his QB with slow decision making
Best Trait
Run-blocking
Pro Comparison
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